Jagiellonian University of Krakow


Jagiellonian University (JU) is the oldest University in Poland (one of the oldest in Central Europe). Established in 1364. It is a public university. It is considered the most prestigious university in Poland. It is also one of the biggest (approx 40,000 students).


Quick Facts

Partner Program Type - Academic Programs International (API)

API is an organization that UCSC has partnered with to provide students with this opportunity. API stands for Academic Programs International which is an organization that was founded in 1997 to connect U.S. college students to the world. API has staff in the United States and abroad to support students through every step of their journey.

Minimum GPA - 2.85

Eligibility - Good academic and disciplinary standing, Min Age: 18, Open to All Majors, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Standing by the time of departure

Term Options

Fall Semester: late September - late December 

Spring Semester:  late Feb - mid-June 

  • Students must miss both winter and spring quarters at UCSC to participate in this session

Partner Program deadlines


  • 2023-2024 Program Budget - Coming Soon


City & University

Formerly the capital of Poland, Kraków is a Polish city of immense cultural, political, social, historical, and academic significance, renowned for its stunning architecture and scenery. There is an active student population, vibrant social scene, and growing cafe culture. Close to the Tatra Mountains (great for hiking and skiing!) and the famous Wieliczka Salt Mines, you can enjoy both city life and the countryside in Poland! 

Students in Kraków will live in student apartments, which are located within the historical center of the city, generally 25-30 minutes walking distance or 15-20 minutes by tram to Jagiellonian University. Each apartment will typically have 2-3 single or double bedrooms and a shared bathroom. Each unit is furnished, includes its own kitchen, and has a washing machine.

Included Excursions 

Included excursions for this program are: 

  • Oswiecim (Auschwitz) 
  • Tatra Mountains     
  • Warsaw 
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine 
  • Zakopane 

Note: excursions vary by term.

If you would like more detailed information about the excursions, please reach out to globallearning@ucsc.edu or studentoutreach@apiabroad.com

Student Support

API teams will support your study abroad journey from application through re-entry. API staff will help guide you through the final phases of the application process after you have been nominated by UCSC, then upon arrival in-country, you will meet the API onsite team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. API staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, cultural, health, and safety questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

Students with Disabilities

If you need support services abroad, notify your UCSC Disability Resource Center (DRC) Coordinator

Please contact API directly if you have any concerns about disability accommodations abroad at studentoutreach@apiabroad.com.

Identities Abroad and Away

UC Santa Cruz Global Learning is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe.

Learn more on our Identities Abroad and Away webpage.


Host University Courses

As a Jagiellonian University exchange student, enroll full-time in courses alongside other local and international students.

  • Program begins with a two-week intensive Polish language course. Students may continue taking a Polish language course throughout the semester.
  • Students select the majority of classes from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (IPHSS) and may ask for permission to complete a course in other departments of the university that offers courses in English.
  • Students must enroll in a minimum of two classes from IPHSS program offerings before becoming eligible to select any courses from other departments/programs.

Course Search

  • Please view commonly available courses here
  • Via the link under “Available Courses”, all Fall and Spring Semester courses available are listed. 
  • For syllabi, please click on “+” next to the course name to expand course details. Syllabi links are available at the bottom of the expanded view as “VIEW SYLLABUS”. 
  • If “VIEW SYLLABUS” is not available, please email studentoutreach@apiabroad.com and request the course syllabus. 
  • Term availability is noted under "Sessions."
  • NOTE: Do not change search parameters, as it will offer locations/terms/programs not approved by UCSC. 

Satisfying Requirements
It may be possible to satisfy major, minor, GE, and/or electives on this program.

Learn more about:

Course Load Requirements

Information Coming Soon

Credit Conversion

Information Coming Soon

Academic Restrictions

Some courses abroad may have enrollment limitations and/or restrictions, such as prerequisites. Review course information provided by API, and work with assigned API program manager, to understand any course limitations and/or restrictions prior to official course enrollment abroad.

If you are unsure about your eligibility to enroll, please contact UCSC Global Learning at globallearning@ucsc.edu before applying to this program.

Academic Calendar

We recommend comparing the host university academic calendar to the UCSC academic calendar to see how the academic calendars, holidays, and breaks differ.